With our upcoming event in September, ‘Technology: transforming growing businesses?’ only weeks away, we thought it would be fitting to hear from an expert on Cloud Computing. Dalbir Singh Ahluwalia, ACMA of Arithmo Accounting Software, is an ERP consultant and advocate of utilising software to manage business information.
People and groups of people are driven to innovate to solve identified problems or to create new opportunities.
An effect of the downturn is acceleration of innovation from conception to implementation, with the aim of stimulating demand and reducing consumption as quickly as possible.
Growth in collaboration, since the global economic downturn, is one such innovation. Collaboration allows organisations to enter new markets or provide new products through sharing of resources and knowledge amongst members.
Cloud based infrastructure provides a platform for all parties to realise innovation through collaboration quickly as there is no requirement for unconnected organisations to integrate their internal systems to successfully manage the delivery of their joint end product / service.
The effectiveness of a successful collaboration using cloud systems was sadly proven by the looters across Britain in second week of August 2011. Though the task they set out to do was pure opportunism and immoral, it was carried out effectively.
By using cloud technologies and platforms, such as social media networks and BBM, the members were able to plan, communicate, coordinate and execute their “operational” tasks quickly. This was a logistical achievement considering their numbers and many collaborators may not have met prior to their looting spree, let alone “worked” together.
By following the philosophies of collaboration and using cloud based platforms to enable collaboration, Fast Growth organisations can compete with larger, more established organisations within a short period of time.
Many of the larger established organisations are also recognising the advantages of working with multi-organisations using cloud based infrastructure and software as a platform.
Boeing for example, are now treating their suppliers more like partners and utilising their suppliers’ knowledge and skills in their specific fields; instead of dictating top down specifications. Boeing’s aim is to increase efficiency by reducing lead times in the development and manufacturing processes; to focus on assembly and allow the suppliers to build the components.
For this strategy to succeed, partners openly share product specific (such as the Boeing Dreamliner) real time information amongst themselves using universal database as a platform; not too dissimilar to peer to peer knowledge sharing models. Cloud computing provides the framework to achieve this.
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